Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work — The Challenges
Michael Lesiecki, host
January 2019 | 00:15:02
Episode 1 Transcript
For many of today’s technicians the Future of Work is already in focus. They are cross-disciplinary workers, immersed in diverse platforms and interrelated systems that once belonged to single industry sectors.
Who Owns the Skills Gap?
Over the last ten years, the skills gap has increasingly been the subject of business roundtables, government agency forums and think tank research. Employers report struggling to find new workers with...
One of the Key Things to Measure — OEE
Mariano Carreras, SMC International Training, guest
March 2019 | 00:19:17
Episode 3 Transcript
A gap may exist between industry practice and what our students learn and practice in our education environment if they don’t learn about Overall Equipment Effectiveness. Today nearly every industry is digitally transforming itself whether they're producing biopharmaceuticals,
Design Thinking for Gender Equity
Gender equity is a critical issue for both education and industry as we face the future of work. In this episode, we discuss how strategies for encouraging equitable representation of women in high-tech...
Taking a Journey to the Future
How can industry inspire students to envision themselves working in advanced manufacturing? And how can colleges attract and recruit students into existing high-tech career pathways programs? One approach,
Silver Buckshot: A Micro-Credentials Approach to Training and Education
What if a student would like to earn credit in bite-sized pieces? What if employers valued shorter-time, competency-based credentials? Micro-credentials might be an answer.
Smarter and More Independent Robots
Machine learning and artificial intelligence help robots become smarter and more aware of their surroundings, so that they can work on their own. As they become more independent and can make the decisions on their own,
Technology allows people who are building and developing things to do it in virtual space, the digital space, and then to use the information from that exact duplicate and build the part. Companies are looking for ways to get a competitive
The Year in Review
As the Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work project celebrates its first birthday, it’s time to stop and ask, “What have we learned?” and “What have we accomplished?” Some highlights of Year 1 include:
- Piloting an industry site visit/interview protocol and interviewing technicians, technician supervisors, and mid‐level managers,
- Producing informative content exploring industry, education, and human resource issues relevant to the Future of Work,
- Identifying three broad, cross‐cutting skill areas that should be included as “new fundamentals” in STEM technician training programs, and
- Convening meetings of ATE Center Directors and industry leaders to examine the Future of Work at the human‐technology interface from multiple perspectives.
Stay tuned for Year 2!